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Paris is burning

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Tonight terrible things have happened in Paris, a city I love, the land of my ancestors.

Gunmen opened fire across the city including the Bataclan nightclub where people were attending a gig. This is the latest act of mass violence in the last few years in France.

I can’t tell you why this happened or how to stop it. But we have to love furiously, we have to stand together and say no more. Because if we don’t evil does, evil that sits in the hearts and minds and pushes people apart.

So hold your loved ones tight and hold on to the community around you, stand up and say ‘no more’.

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September Happy Mail – Paris

Although this arrived as October started, September’s Happy Mail is all about one of my favourite places – Paris.

I am definitely a Francophile, a love spawned from childhood holidays in the sunny south, tales of my French ancestors (my great-great-grandmother was called Salome) and the food. I am also quite fond of French literature and of course, the capital.

From the Eiffel Tower to the Sacre Coeur, the patisseries and the madeleines (of which I, a Madeleine, am particularly fond), the metro and the tiny alleyways everywhere.

Katie of ihearthomes has assembled another great little box of goodies referencing the City of Lights.

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There’s a notebook for all your Parisian dreaming, with a cute pencil to get them all down.

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Stickers for the postcards ‘wish you were here’ that you’ll send, and gift tags for those all important holiday presents.

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Eiffel’s tower is well represented, in a cute necklace and also a 3D model you assemble yourself, perfect for your office desk to keep you reminded of your trip!

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There’s also a hanging heart, an iron on Bambi patch a lollipop (heart-shaped), a cute poster and a little sign that says ‘Salle de Bain’ (bathroom) to decorate yourself and your home. Except the lollipop, I recommend you eat that, not hang it up!

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To subscribe to October’s box or buy other goodies, visit ihearthomes website or Facebook for photos.

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Paris, mon ami

Is there a place you’ve visited that you could happily move to? Although I fell for Venice last year when I went there, my heart still belongs to Paris.

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I love London, it’s my hometown, it’s where my friends are and as Samuel Johnson said

when a (wo)man is tired of London, (s)he is tired of life.

But Paris, especially in Spring, is beautiful. My French is atrocious, but I can learn, I have French names so I would fit in, a whole district and I share a name.

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I love the faded glamour of Montmartre and Pigalle, the wealth and gloss of the champs Elysee. The view from Sacre Coeur and the gargoyles on Notre Dame.

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The madness of Parisian drivers, reversing down one way streets and ignoring traffic lights, the bistros on every corner, the Metro, the smell of fresh bread.

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I don’t find charming the fact that no one scoops the dog poop or how rude shop assistants are.

But nowhere’s perfect, right?

Where’s your favourite place?

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